GOROKA - I have a dream sometimes in which I go back to my childhood home in Mt Hagen.
It reminds me of Lucy Kopana’s recent article of how Lae families are being callously evicted from their homes, often homes they have been paying off for many years.
My family suffered a similar fate in late 2000. Whenever and wherever this happens in our country, it is quite simply a cruel and inhumane thing to do to other human beings.
I especially hate that the victims are mostly honest hardworking citizens of this nation.
On 4 January 1985, my late dad (Dr Peter Are) started work with the health department as the provincial dental officer at Mt Hagen in the Western Highlands Province.
My dad came from from Gumine in Simbu Province, but he served the people of the Western Highlands and the highlands region with distinction until his death on 3 November 2008. He was one of the best dentists and surely the most loved.
Like the people in Lae, my dad was given the opportunity to purchase our house. However, some wicked people somehow made their way through and got it instead. How I hated the threats and the dreadful way in which he was treated. He was truly a harmless soul.
On the day of the final court decision, I accompanied my dad to court. When the court decided in favour of these cruel men, my heart sank and I cried.
We came out of the court room and my dad did something I’ll never forget.
He walked over to those who had manoeuvred to seize the house, shook their hands and congratulated them.
Yes, they were shocked, very shocked.
I asked dad why he did that and he smiled and said, “It’s OK, I forgive them. Let God deal with them”.
No longer home
Birds have nests to sleep in
And lions have their dens
What about us? Tonight with nowhere to go
All we have is each other to hold to
With tears pouring
we started packing
With quivering voices
We said our last goodbyes
We walked into the darkness
Leaving behind us our sanctuary
All this suddenly history
Where mum and dad first settled
Where we were born and bred
Suddenly taken away by cruel humans
Through dubious and evil means
We wandered away with reminiscences
Only God understands our grief
To those cruel humans, we forgive you
May God deal with you